‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6 ‘Enmeshed’ With ‘Breaking Bad,’ Bob Odenkirk Says

Better Call Saul Season 6 will be its final season as announced in 2020. It’s time for the prequel to catch up to Breaking Bad. Not only will it do so, but star Bob Odenkirk promises Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad will overlap considerably. 

'Better Call Saul' Season 6: Bob Odenkirk stands in the El Camino parking lot
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Odenkirk appeared on Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist on March 13 to discuss his new memoir Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama. When Geist asked Odenkirk about Better Call Saul Season 6, Odenkirk described how the final season is entangled with its predecessor Breaking Bad. Better Call Saul returns April 18 on AMC.

Bob Odenkirk: ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ ‘are enmeshed like they’ve never been before’

Breaking Bad introduced Odenkirk as Saul Goodman in season 2. Walter White (Bryan Cranston) needed a way to launder his meth money. Better Call Saul picks up with Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill. He doesn’t even invent his Saul Goodman persona until season 4, although he’s still a shady lawyer. 

“I was thrilled with what they wrote and allowed the characters to grow through this final season,” Odenkirk said on Sunday Sitdown. “I can’t wait for the audience to see this. I’ll tell you one thing, if you’re a fan of Breaking Bad and you haven’t seen Better Call Saul yet, you should catch up because in our final season, the two shows, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are enmeshed like they’ve never been before.”

‘Breaking Bad’ characters already appear on the prequel

Better Call Saul has incorporated some Breaking Bad characters already. Mike Ehrmentraut (Jonathan Banks) is a main character. Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and Hector Salamanca (Mark Margoglis) appear. Even Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) and Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) have. Odenkirk says get ready for more entanglement between the series. Does that mean Walter White and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul)? Odenkirk won’t spoil that.

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“That was a really neat thing that the writers did too,” Odenkirk said. “They tied the shows together even more than they already have.”

‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6 was a long haul

Production on Better Call Saul Season 6 was delayed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Even when they were able to film under safety protocols, Odenkirk had a heart attack on the set. It is also a longer season, all of which accounts for the delay, and why Odenkirk says the magnitude of the ending hasn’t hit him quite yet.. 

“It’s still hitting me,” Odenkirk said. “We only finished shooting two weeks ago. So we’ve been shooting for almost a year, this final season, which is going to be 13 episodes so it’s longer than our normal season. And it took almost a year to shoot partly because of COVID protocols and we did a great job. Very few of our cast and crew got COVID so we handled it really well. And, it’s a great final season.”

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